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“Rocky la Rocca” 2 of 5 stars
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Hotel La Rocca Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Citta Baja Sardinia, 07020 Baia Sardinia, Sardinia, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Baia Sardinia
London, England, United Kingdom
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“Rocky la Rocca”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Disappointment....this is the girlfriend (who insisted on staying at a spa and paying for it and typing a review on a mac which is hideous in comparison to a PC) writing. First and foremost ladies if you book a spa hotel you expect a massage to be relaxing (rather than being herded in to a room without a word and told to don paper pants). The massage was rubbish (although 'Benjamin' obviously thoroughly enjoyed it as inexperienced in the world of 'spas'). Walking out without a word after a massage is, in my view, rude and leaves one somewhat confused as to what to do next....do you just get up and leave or wait until the return of the aloof masseuse?

The spa in itself is good fun...especially check out the bizarre series of shower 'experiences' - like walking over a cobbled street in a strangely lit red light district with varying degrees of hot and cold steam/shower arrangements!

The pool area was stunning (if a little chilly in October) but brings the star rating up substantially.

The room was disappointing. REALLY uncomfortable beds (seriously, I almost resorted to sleeping on the cold tiled floor or the inexplicably small shower!). No bath - what is going on in Sardinia...? Seriously, I expected a hot tub (or at least a bath). If you are a size 6 you will get in the shower (fairly) comfortably and be able to wash your hair. If you are a size 8 you will struggle.

The balcony was awesome and offered an amazing view. The beach was actually out of this world! Private beach with an AMAZING restaurant, fit for a queen. Windy in October but still stunning and very romantic.

BEWARE of the marvel of the accordion! Not sure whether this is a year round event or whether we were just unlucky but wherever it was, it was audible!!

No internet available outside of the reception area.

Prosecco in abundance.

Food good and forthcoming but have had better.

Altogether, I could have spent 2 nights in a 5* resort in the Maldives for the same price! Not impressed.

My views may have been softer (less angered) if the prices had not been so steep (and I am not tight!).....

Room Tip: Dont waste your money on spa treatments.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

I can't fault the hotel except its location

The food was excellent - we stayed halfboard. All the staff were extremely friendly and very efficient. The pool and private beach were also of a high standard but perhaps the beach restaurant could provide more snack type options on the menu (i.e those on halfboard don't really want a huge meal experience at lunchtime too). For those without cars the free shuttlebus service to the private beach and Baja Sardinia is excellent. We used it on quite a few occasions and the longest wait was 10 minutes but usually much less. We chose a seaward view room (note the ward bit after sea) which gives greater privacy than others. As with the rest of the hotel the room was spotlessly clean. It was also a good size.

The only downside is the actual location of the hotel. We knew it would be a trek into town and to a lesser extent the beach but the road is quite busy and noisy at times. Certainly the seaward view rooms are quiet with the windows shut but sitting on the balcony at the wrong time of day can be noisy and not the tranquil setting we were expecting. You can walk to Baja Sardinia in about 45 minutes but the walk is not nice along an otfen busy and somewhat unattractive road. The shuttlebus is definitely worth using - you will need to do this trip to get to a supermarket and/or ATM..

Overall the hotel was excellent for our 5 day stay and we really enjoyed it but be warned the insects bite hard and often in this part of the world!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

My wife and i spent 10 wonderful days at this fantastic hotel. We had a one bedroom suit to ourselves with a view to the sea. The service was just superb, we had breakfast in bed every day and it was brought by the Matre D and a waiter, they laid it all out on our little terrace outside, it was always hot and fresh. The pool is lovely to swim in and the service around the pool was first class. The hotels restaurant although buffet in style served some excellent food. The suckling pig one evening was mouth watering.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

We loved our stay at Hotel La Rocca. I was very nervous booking this hotel because I strictly went off what people said about the hotel, needless to say we were sooooo satisfied! I will admit I am a very picky person when it comes to hotels, and I searched far and wide for the perfect stay for our honeymoon, and this was a perfect choice.Regardless, of any negative comments I have read about the hotel, the good reviews overpowered the bad. The customer service was great, they answered all of our questions and helped us with any request we needed. The private beach was great, the driver would pick you up and drop you off anytime which was a great plus. the beach was about a 5 min drive but walking would be alittle tough, plus it was very hot. Being of italian descent, the food was AWESOME!!!!! Everything we ate was sooo good and tasty!! I can still taste all the great pasta we had. We had a appetizer buffet, choice of 1st plate which is usual pasta and chioce of 2nd plate which would consist of a meat,fish or chicken. YummY!!! The waiters were all so very nice. We went to porto cervo one night and took the bus which was a 10 ride, very nice!! another day the hotel driver dropped us off at a near by beach Baja Sardinia which had shops and restaurants on the beach, very nice!! and when we were done they came to pick us up. Very Accomodating!! If you are thinking of staying here, please do, it was sooo nice and relaxing. The rooms were so clean!!! I am sooo particular when it comes to the cleaniness of a hotel room. Again we had an amazing time, I was soo sad to leave and i can't wait to go back to La Rocca!!! Fantastic!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Nice hotel to stay at the Costa Smeralda. The hotel itself is beautiful, rooms big and lovely. Good breakfast, although dinner is not great. We stayed at half board for 4 nights and regretted. However, lunch in the beach bar is a much better quality, but on the expensive side. The swimming pool is nice and big, with a good relaxation area, its 2m deep. There is also a spa.

The beach is nice - maybe not the most beautiful lagoon, but the water is clear, beach clean, people comfortably spaced out. The beach bar is just behind, with some sunbeds on the little terrace above the beach itself for those who find it too windy.

Good: lovely rooms, nice beach and swimming pool

Bad: food for dinner is average, beach not really accessible on foot (although only 2mins drive). Basement restarant for dinner - not so nice, however they told us there would be a big terrace next year

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

We chose this hotel for our 10th wedding anniversary. There are plenty of reasons to choose this hotel though there are a few things they need to work on for it to be rated "Excellent" and a true 4-start hotel.

First the hotel's garden exterior is a pure oasis in among Sardenia's many olive trees and cacti. The welcoming staff at reception were very warm and helpful. The restaurant staff went above and beyond the call of duty. The women in charge at the restaurant was extremely professional, appeared well-respected by her colleagues and went out of her way to make our anniversary extra special. They all worked incredibly hard (same team for the early-morning breakfast, lunch and dinner shifts for the weekdays and weekends).
The Spa was the best one we've ever been to. On the hottest days we sought refuge in the multiple temperature rooms (Sauna, Turkish bath, thalassotherapy room -- all with relaxing scents and music). The variety of scented showers was the ultimate highlight.
We paid extra for two massages, a foot massage and a facial. The talented masseuse, while she didn't speak English or French, was able to understand our broken Italian. She was very good and we recommend her services.
The beach was a short drive away and was clean with the sun-beds. The lunch service was as good as the hotel with a variety of excellent selections.
The rooms were clean and the early evening turn-down service (with new towels for the beach and the bathroom) was much appreciated.

There are a few, simple things the hotel needs to improve that we've seen in other 4-star hotels:
A vanity mirror in the bathroom, better storage area for toiletries, installing a full-length mirror in the room, providing different pillows with a variety of hardness and softness, better signage for the reception parking and the main parking lot.

Room Tip: The beach is still a small distance away so a sea view room, we felt, was as good as the mountain vi...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Hotel La Roca

This hotel advertises four stars and charges accordingly so the review will be based on this standard.


Pros:

The private beach of the hotel is amazing.

The Spa is nice, the four different massages we got were incredible (NB: there's an extra charge for these).

The staff is nice and helpful. The restaurant staff was amazing especially the Sardinian woman who was in charge.


Cons:

The room is nice but the bed could be of slightly better quality. Having pillows with a variety of hardness and softness would have been appreciated.

The breakfast/dining room is in the basement, one side facing the garden area. There were very few people in the hotel during our stay so we could sit next to the window; however, if it had been full, some people would not have had the benefit of the garden.

The Internet works only in the lobby of the hotel but not in the rooms. In addition it is quite slow. This is disappointing: a four star hotel should provide site-wide fast Internet access. Period. Even on vacation, it is nice to able to keep in touch with friends and family, send pictures, read a newspaper, etc.

The hotel should work on few details: a four star hotel (charging what it charges) should provide glasses and not plastic cups in the bathroom, vanity and full-length mirrors, a variety of pillows, etc.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Citta Baja Sardinia, 07020 Baia Sardinia, Sardinia, Italy
Location: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Olbia-Tempio > Baia Sardinia
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Baia Sardinia
#1 Romantic Hotel in Baia Sardinia
#1 Luxury Hotel in Baia Sardinia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel La Rocca Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel La Rocca is a small jewel, situated 2km from Baja Sardinia,one of Sardinia's most prestigious towns, adjacent to the Costa Smeralda and just 6km from Porto Cervo. The Hotel contain 55 smart guest rooms and suites, which are very comfortably furnished in Mediterranean style.La Rocca has its own private, sandy beach, located just 800 metres away, where you can use the parasols and sun loungers free of charge. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
La Rocca Hotel
La Rocca Baia Sardinia
Hotel La Rocca Resort & Spa Sardinia/Baia Sardinia

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